Meet Temple’s New Associate Professors in the Department of Africa and African American Studies

This fall, Temple welcomed four new associate professors to the Department of Africa and African American Studies at the College of Liberal Arts. The department emerged over 40 years ago during the Black Power movement. Black students at Temple advocated for a department of Black Studies to address racism, discrimination and oppression. It is one of the oldest departments of its kind in the country and the first to offer a doctoral program.

The new African-American and African-American Studies faculty members are world-class faculty who have traveled the world, honing their craft as innovative and engaged educators. Get to know this energetic group of new teachers.

Ifetayo flannery (Photograph by Joseph V. Labolito)
Assistant professor | Africology and African-American Studies
Birthplace: Atlanta | we
Previous university: San Francisco State University

Temple Now: Why did you choose to teach at Temple?

Ifetayo Flannery: I always feel the excitement of working at Temple because everyone knows this is the heart of Philadelphia. They are very accessible and connected in a real way to the daily and urgent problems of our city and our society. Temple’s Department of Africa and African American Studies is at the forefront of innovative faculty research, producing top-notch doctoral students. These are the best three, if not number one, the best places for faculty or students in my field.

“Everyone knows Temple is the heart of Philadelphia. ”

– —Ifetayo Flannery, Assistant Professor of Africa and African-American Studies

TN: What courses and fields do you specialize in?
IF: I have been studying and working on black psychology for several years. The field was created by a group of academics in 1968, when they formed the Association of Black Psychologists in the [San Francisco] Bay Area – and parallels the development of African studies and African American studies. They are psychologists of all kinds who decided that they wanted to approach mental health, consciousness and the culture of memory from a completely different angle in their training. There is an intention in black psychology to develop analyzes and interpretations of the culture and behavior of people from the perspective of understanding African culture and behavior as normal. I also study the cultural coding of the African Diaspora in relation to their African ancestors so that I can interpret African American and African lives in a context that makes sense and adds meaning to people’s daily lives.

TN: How has your travel experience in different countries helped you in your career?
IF: I think that is changing [it], the difference between reading things in a book and then seeing things and talking to people in other parts of the world. Having been to Cuba, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica and Brazil, I have learned how Afro-Latinos and Afro-Brazilians make sense of their world and how it contributes to our collective psychology. I spent time in Nigeria specifically to research the impact of Yoruba culture and cosmology on the formation of practices in the African Diaspora. Traveling has done a lot for me in terms of business, personal relationships and just being a citizen of the world.

Kimani Nehusi (Photograph by Joseph V. Labolito)
Associate professor | Africology and African-American Studies
Birthplace: Queenstown | Guyana
Former university: University of East London

TN: Why did you choose to teach at Temple?
Kimani Nehusi: I did not choose Temple, Temple chose me. I was invited to join the Department of Africa and African American Studies. However, it is quite likely that I would have ended up here had I had the choice, since the department is the world leader in the development and application – through scholarship and activism – of Africanology. , which is the study of African phenomena, both transcontinental and transgenerational, from an African point of view.

TN: What courses and fields do you specialize in?
KN: I have taught several courses. The main ones are: the history and importance of race in America, the language and society in West Africa, the black child and the main seminary at the undergraduate level and the African civilization and the Egyptian language old graduate level. My areas of specialization are the history and culture of the African world; the languages ​​of the Caribbean and ancient Egypt; and topics such as carnival, libation, language and language issues, names and denominations, education and socialization.

TN: What is the accomplishment of your career that you are most proud of?
KN: The acquisition of a certain mastery of the ancient Egyptian language and the understanding of its application to African phenomena.

Reynaldo anderson (Photograph by Joseph V. Labolito)
Associate professor | Africology and African-American Studies
Birthplace: Okinawa | Japan
Previous university: Harris-Stowe State University

TN: Where did you spend your time growing up?

Reynaldo Anderson: I was born in Okinawa, Japan, and spent time in Idaho, Texas, Ohio, Virginia, and then Maryland. My father was a military intelligence officer in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. My grandfather served in the Korean War. I completed my high school education in Cheverly, Maryland. Then I got my undergraduate degree in Jackson State, my Masters in Oklahoma State, and my PhD in Nebraska.[Lincoln]. Also, I have some military service with the [U.S.] Marine Corps and I served in the Cold War.

TN: What courses and fields do you specialize in?
RA: I teach a course on contemporary black poets, mass media and the black community. And next semester, I’ll be teaching theory and methods of African American studies and a course on Afrofuturism. Afrofuturism is the story of African peoples around the world interpreted through a speculative lens by speculators. Some people might use science fiction along with technology, philosophy, and history. As these countries and societies continue to grow in the world, they will also be affected by factors such as climate change, technological acceleration and other phenomena. And historically, these populations are under-studied. However, it is an emerging field of study with this intersection of culture with science and politics. It is the attraction for many different applications that people are involved in, such as cultural production, the arts, visual arts, music, philosophy and digital humanities.

TN: Why did you choose to teach at Temple?
RA: This department is the number one in this area of ​​Africa and African American studies and I admire Dr. [Molefi Kete] Asante’s work.

No Dove (Photograph by Joseph V. Labolito)
Assistant professor | Africology and African-American Studies
Birthplace: London | UK

TN: Where did you spend your time growing up?
No Dove: My father is African and from Ghana and my mother is European and from UK. I spent my formative years in West Africa and the UK
What courses and fields do you specialize in? I teach undergraduates about the black woman, the black child, and the black family. Graduate courses are the African American Woman Seminar, Ethnographic Research, and The Theories and Methods of African American Studies.

TN: What are your main responsibilities in your current role at Temple?
ND: I have developed programs based on ancient African principles that display the truth about the history of Africa, which is the cradle of humanity. I bring the point of view of an African woman who is adopted by Africology, but my role is to really highlight the African woman who has disappeared in history. What is different about Africology is that we recognize and embrace our cultural history. We take it very seriously that culture is essential not only to the ability of all humans to exist, but that it can be used academically as an analytical tool. My job is to bring the African woman back into history. The humanity of African women has suffered debasement, especially women with the darkest skin. My position is to uplift, learn and teach who these women really are and what they have contributed to humanity.

TN: What is your greatest professional achievement?
ND: Working in the Department of Africa and African American Studies at Temple. It is the center of change in the world. Africology is culturally based and built on the love of Africa and African humanity. Dr. [Molefi Kete] Asante is an inspiration, a wonderful guide and educator. There is nowhere else in the world that I would rather be.

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